U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region


Research Specialist Christina Cerino measures a captured bird for the SHARP survey. Credit: Charlotte Murtishaw/USFWS

Last year SHARP (the Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program) gained additional resources through a Hurricane Sandy grant from the Department of the Interior for a comprehensive tidal marsh bird project. The money not only continues to support SHARP efforts to gauge the effects of climate change on threatened species like the saltmarsh sparrow and clapper rail, but also engages youth and graduate students with Sandy projects.


Do you know where the largest tract of mid-Atlantic forest is? If you guessed Patuxent Research Refuge, you’re right. Come check out what makes this Maryland refuge great.

Biologist Jess Jones of our Virginia field office just received the Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence. Jess is a national leader in freshwater mussel conservation. Credit: USFWS

Dr. Jess Jones has received one of our agency’s top awards for scientific excellence. His work to breed and raise mussels in captivity has taken him from Virginia Tech to China’s Freshwater Fisheries Research Center.